by Ricardo Gambetta
American cities, particularly those with dynamic and growing economic bases, attract immigrants from all over the world. Over the past few decades, cities across the United States have become increasingly diverse. During the past few years, immigrant integration efforts are gaining importance across the country, especially because integration is a two-way process, requiring adjustments on the part of both newcomers and their host communities.
As a part of this process and to address these challenges, local governments, non-profit organizations and the private sector have been developing and implementing a series of programs and initiatives that promote immigrant integration.
To identify and recognize the most comprehensive and innovative programs in the immigrant integration field, the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy invites individuals, non-profit organizations, community organizations, businesses, religious groups, government entities, agencies and officials operating in the United States to consider applying for the annual E. Pluribus Unum Prizes.
Every year, the award program provides four prizes of $50,000 each to exceptionally successful immigrant integration initiatives. The program is designed to highlight and reward outstanding efforts that help newcomers join the mainstream community.
Awards are given for existing initiatives that can be evaluated according to the award selection criteria based on their operations to date. The awards are not intended to support the launch of new initiatives. Prize money must be used by each awardee to advance its integration efforts.
The J.M. Kaplan Fund is providing support for these awards in an effort to focus attention on successful integration initiatives, and to inspire and provide program models to others across the United States who might also undertake such efforts.
Some of the past winners of these awards include the City of Littleton, Colorado's Immigrant Integration Initiative, the International Rescue Committee in San Diego and Temple University.
The National League of Cities' Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration
program encourages city leaders and local governments with specific immigrant integration programs to consider applying for this year's awards. The deadline for applications is March 15.Details:
Get more information about the E. Pluribus Unum Prizes, including how to apply, from the Migration Policy Institute website at www.migrationinformation.org/integrationawards